Consultant on Social Protection and UHC Advocacy

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The Opportunity

Save the Children is looking to hire a consultant to help develop Save the Children’s joined up position on Social Protection and Universal Health Coverage (UHC) and to develop a policy brief and advocacy plan to support our advocacy in this space.

Save the Children is the leading global independent organisation for children. Save the Children believes every child deserves a future. Around the world, we work every day to give children a healthy start in life, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm. When crisis strikes, and children are most vulnerable, we are always among the first to respond and the last to leave. We ensure children’s unique needs are met and their voices are heard. We deliver lasting results for millions of children, including those hardest to reach.

We do whatever it takes for children – every day and in times of crisis – transforming their lives and the future we share.


The main objective of this consultancy is to help develop Save the Children’s joined up position on Social Protection and Universal Health Coverage (UHC) and to develop a policy brief and advocacy plan to support our advocacy in this space.

Scope of work:

The consultant will be expected to research existing evidence, frameworks and approaches / best practices on UCH promotion and linkages between social protection and UHC, including how social protection approaches can improve progress on UHC and vice versa, with the aim of improving health for all, particularly for the most marginalised and excluded people and communities. They will also need to understand Save the Children’s existing UHC advocacy objectives and positions and similarly for social protection to frame our positioning how we can bring these two agendas together and develop clear advocacy objectives and positions.

This work will define proposed approaches for promoting and implementing UCH as well as advocacy objectives to scale up an integrated social protection-UHC approach; identify key barriers that need to be addressed; identify potential partners/allies, as well as influencing targets for advocacy (e.g. through a stakeholder and power mapping); and identify entry points and opportunities to engage in this space through our advocacy, in particular over the next 3-year period. This would lead to a brief advocacy plan for our engagement in this space, as well as a short policy brief to support our advocacy.

Expected deliverables:

  1. Advocacy plan for Save the Children’s joined up advocacy on social protection and UHC (aligning with existing UHC and social protection plans) – including potential advocacy objectives, main barriers to be addressed, key stakeholders, entry points and opportunities, key messages and asks (approx. 4 pages)
  2. Policy brief as part of our series ‘COVID-19 and the case for UHC’[1] (approx. 6 pages)
  3. An approach paper including annotated bibliography of existing evidence, frameworks and approaches /best practices on integrating social protection and UHC policy, advocacy and implementation.


The Consultant must demonstrate sound knowledge of the issues, be an experienced policy advocate, and have strong analytical and writing skills.

Key competencies:

  • Technical expertise in the field of global health (in particular Universal Health Coverage) and/or social protection, with at least working knowledge of the other
  • Knowledge of global debates in international development and children’s rights especially for low- and middle-income countries with the highest inequalities
  • Demonstrated experience in policy and advocacy, including carrying out policy research
  • Proven leadership in developing advocacy strategies and approaches
  • Ability to analyse information and data and clearly present results and ideas
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills with the ability to communicate with a wide range of audiences
  • Competency to provide strategic direction and clear recommendations to deliver on advocacy aims
  • Exceptional understanding of the role of NGOs in influencing change with both national and global stakeholders
  • Education/Professional Skills: Masters’ degree or equivalent experience in your area of expertise.

Instructions to Apply

Please attach a copy of your CV and cover letter with your application, and include details of your salary expectations. A copy of the full role profile can be found at

In your application, please indicate your proposed daily rate and expected number of days to carry out the work (including a breakdown of the number of days). Kindly send applications via email and include “Application for Social Protection & UHC Consultant” in the email subject line.

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Save the Children does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process.

[1] Our first two briefings of the series are: COVID-19 and the Case for Universal Health Coverage: Build back better to deliver health for all and COVID-19 and the Case for Universal Health Coverage: Accountability – the beating heart of UHC.

Job description:

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Date advertised: 15 Nov 2021

Closing date: 30 Nov 2021 - 23:59 GMT

Location: Worldwide, Worldwide

Department: Finance

Type: Fixed-term contract

Schedule: Full-time

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